January 26, 2011
Top five creative spots in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
The Mother City will be abuzz with creative energy this February, thanks to the Design Indaba and Spier’s Infecting the City festival. When you’ve seen all you can see at these artistic events, here are a few of the inspired places you should try.
For the famished artist:
Photo provided by Adele Kruger of Cafe Mozart
The long-time favourite of city shoppers everywhere, Café Mozart has been give a wonderful makeover and is under the dazzling and imaginative management of Richard Griffin, owner and creator of dinner theatre extravaganza, Madame Zingara.
A stone’s throw away from the much loved antique market of Church Street, Café Mozart lets the whimsical writer daydream while enjoying leisurely meals at outdoor tables and lets the earnest designer meet in private with important clients in the upper floor’s stylishly decorated dining room.
Let your imagination run free at this delightful restaurant, housed in a historical building. Open six days a week, Café Mozart caters to your every need with mouthwatering meals, readily available WiFi and a quirky atmosphere.
Location: Café Mozart, 37 Church Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3774
For the fashionista:
Long Street Boutique at Cavendish Square
Like the popular street it is named after, Long Street Boutique in Cavendish Square prides itself on its style – funky, and just a little edgy – and is the ideal shopping outlet for the creative woman.
Among the mostly handmade items gracing the rails, you’ll be sure to find figure flattering fits with some stylish details. Long Street Boutique is a huge lover of local and international designers and sells brands such as Sweet Pea, Gotta Lotta Luv and Pia Boutique, as well as Calvin Klein.
Since opening its doors nearly seven months ago, this store has grown and become a firm favourite of fashionistas everywhere. It will shortly be adding a few bold men’s items to its sought-after range.
Thanks to the store’s ever-changing stock, finding your very own Long Street Boutique masterpiece won’t be a problem.
Location: Long Street Boutique, Shop F53, Cavendish Square, Dreyer Street, Claremont
Contact: +27 (0)21 671 9846
For the art connoisseur:
Seon Culture Experience Centre
The search for the meaning of life and self is the focus of a permanent interactive exhibition at the recently opened Seon Culture Experience Centre in Sea Point.
Styled as a museum of life, the centre aims to foster deep discussions about the purpose of our creation and how to live a fruitful life, and has a number of performance art and interactive exhibits to provoke thought.
Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, the Seon Culture Experience Centre will give art lovers a different take on what is trendy, moving and provocative.
Location: Seon Culture Experience Centre, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)82 774 2735
For the weary creative:
For Goodness Sake spa
Being an artistic genius all day is hard work, so spoil yourself with a little tender loving care at the Protea Fire & Ice! Hotel’s new For Goodness Sake spa.
From a 15-minute scalp massage at just R75 to ease the over-stimulated advertising exec’s mind or a 30-minute neck and shoulder massage for just R220 for the hardworking sculptor’s aching muscles to a variety of 60- to 90-minute treatment options for the fashion designer who never sleeps, For Goodness Sake has something for everyone.
Treat yourself to a world of tranquillity and heavenly massage as therapists knead away all your daily stress.
Location: Protea Fire & Ice! Hotel, New Church and Victoria Street, Tamboerskloof
Contact: +27 (0)21 488 2555
For the aspiring performer:
Jokers Comedy Club
Put your inner comedian – and stomach muscles – to work at the Jokers Comedy Club in Athlone.
This two-year-old club reopens its funny doors on Thursday, February 17, when it will continue to tickle the city’s funny bones with a stunning lineup, including open mike acts Gavin Weber, Dailin Oliver, KG and headliner, Mumz.
The comedy club also runs a training programme for aspirant comics, and is the alma mater of some of the best jokesters in the business, including Shimmy Isaacs.
The Developing Jokers course is designed to equip students with the skills to write, perform or produce comedy events – and make a profit. This 12-week course covers a variety of subjects, including stand-up comedy, comedy writing and comedy event management.
The club and course are run by veteran comic Melody Shevlane, who has worked in the communications, media and lifestyle industries.
If taking to the stage yourself is too daunting, then why not just enjoy the regular Thursday night comedy showcase? Entry fee to the side-splitting set is only R20, getting you a great evening out for less.
Location: Jokers Comedy Club, Corner of Port Jackson and Belgravia Roads, Crawford
Contact: +27 (0)76 395 8901